RHOC’s Vicki Gunvalson Reacts to Steve Lodge Marrying Janis Carlson


Vicki Gunvalson and Janis Carlson are Vicki Gunvalson and Steve Lodge.
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Weighing In. After Steve LodgeGet married Janis CarlsonThis week, Vicki Gunvalson shared her feelings on her ex-fiancé’s nuptials.

“People have been asking me to make a statement about my x-fiancé’s recent marriage,” the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 60, tweetedWednesday, April 13. “Here it is … I wish them the best. I’m just so thrilled and RELIEVED it wasn’t me at the altar with him.”

She added: “He LOVES the attention. He ‘thinks’ he’s famous!”

The 63-year-old politician and Carlson got married in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) on Sunday, April 10. This was less than four months after they were engaged.

“We are extremely happy and excited to be husband and wife,” Lodge exclusively told Us Weekly on Monday, April 11. “Our relationship is incredible. We have created some wonderful memories already and can’t wait to create more. God is good.”

Before he met Carlson, the politician was married for six years to the Coto Insurance President. Lodge — who was previously married three times — proposed to the Bravo star in April 2019 before they eventually went their separate ways. Lodge claims that they split in December 2020.

“Steve broke up with Vicki while she was filming the [Real Housewives] spinoff show in the Berkshires,” an insider exclusively told Use in September 2021. “After he told her this, she was traumatized. It ruined her.” 

Less than three months after the duo’s split made headlines, Lodge moved on with Carlson.

“He’s a fame whore and is all about staying relevant,” Gunvalson exclusively told Use in a statement in January. “I’ve gone out with some friends but have no desire to do what he’s doing. Marriage is a sacred thing.”

The Illinois native — who shares daughter Briana CulbersonSon Michael Wolfsmith Jr.Ex-husband Michael Wolfsmith — has since found love with a new man, though has not revealed his name nor a photo just yet.

“He’s the first man that has ever really treated me to anything. He’s like, ‘I got that. You’re not paying for that.’ I’m like, ‘Are you, like, real?’ the “OG of the OC” said during an appearance on Access Hollywood’s “Housewives Nightcap” show in February. “He’s freaking incredible. He’s from Texas. He was from Texas. [item]Because you can manifest your next person from all the books and self-help you read, what is the best way to do that? So, I manifested him and he had everything but one, including wearing cowboy boots and loves country-western music. He doesn’t have a boat and I’m like, ‘I’ll take that one off.’”

She gushed: “I mean, really, in my mind, I’m just so happy. I’ve never had a man treat me like this and he is just quality — just a quality man. … Just being a solid man, he just had everything.”

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